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Link Friday, 06/05/2009
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

Set 1: Wilson, Buried Alive, KDFKill Devil Falls, BagAC/DC Bag, IDKI Didn't Know, My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, ThemeTheme From the Bottom, Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt

Set 2: DwDDown with Disease[1] -> Twist > Piper > BDTNLBackwards Down the Number Line, Free, Twenty Years Later[2] > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

Encore: ADITLA Day in the Life

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Debut.

· It's Raining, It's Pouring tease in Ya Mar
· Oye Como Va jam in Twist
· Flat Fee tease

Average Song Gap: 6.11

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: During I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced Fish as “Little Junior Moses Brown Heaps DeWitt” and commented that he was going to “suck all of the moisture out of the air.” During Ya Mar, Page teased It’s Raining, It’s Pouring. Trey teased Flat Fee prior to Disease, which was unfinished. Twist featured an Oye Como Va jam. This show marked the debut of Twenty Years Later.

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Song Distribution:
3 Joy
2 Farmhouse
2 Billy Breathes
2 Stash
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
2 The White Tape
1 Hoist
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

waxbanks , attached to 2009-06-05 Permalink
waxbanks Grab this second set, if only for the raucous Disease > Oye Como Twist > Piper run. The usual rules apply: you can't go wrong with Phish '09, but the Deep Ones don't get summoned from their oceanic lairs until late June at the earliest, maybe late July, so don't expect the old segue madness - just fine, attentive, joyous rock'n'roll.
Score: 5
chrisjohnson2900 , attached to 2009-06-05 Permalink
According to my scores, this show was the third worst show of the summer. It got a Gotta Have It Rating of 3.1, though, and if you look at the Gotta Have It ratings from the 2nd Ed. of the Phish Companion, 3.1 is actually pretty good. I think I have been rating these summer shows higher than usual, but then I think I rate shows generally higher than everyone else anyway. I am critical, though, I think. Sorry to those of you out there who think I am too soft. The highlight of this show was Kill Devil Falls. This song should be voted the best song of the summer. I love this song. It is so good. One of the best Phish has ever written. I don't want to give sole credit to Trey but he did a good job here. This song is unreal. A true rock song. A song about a woman who leaves for no reason. A song about an insensitive man. The lyrics "Who knew a day would turn into a week," and "I learned my lesson until I do it again. WOOOOOOOOOO!" Man, I love this song. Among the other highlights are I Didn't Know (always a great song), Ya Mar, and Backwards Down the Number Line. Suprisingly, 2001, Boogie on Reggae Woman, and AC/DC Bag were the weak links.

Set I
Buried Alive:***
Kill Devil Falls:*****
AC/DC Bag:**
I Didn't Know:****
My Friend, My Friend:***
Ya Mar:****
Theme From The Bottom:***
Boogie On Reggae Woman:**
Split Open and Melt:***

Set II
Down With Disease:***
Backwards Down the Number Line:*****
Twenty Years Later:***
Slave to the Traffic Light:***

A Day In The Life:***

GHI: 3.1/5.0
Batting Average: .621 (59/95)

The two ratings are Batting Average and GHI. Both are defined below.
BA: The total number of stars achieved divided by the total possible stars a concert can achieve. Each song can achieve a total possible 5 stars, 5 being the best, 0 being the worst. Therefore, each show receives anywhere from a 1.0 to a .001.

GHI: This rating is used in The Phish Companion 2nd Ed. Each show is given a score from 0 to 5, five being the best and 0 being the worst.

The two scores are synonymous. I like the BA form better because each show receives a score closer to its worth depending on how you rated it.
Score: 3
johnnyd Staff , attached to 2009-06-05 Permalink
johnnyd My first show back. Raining balls, but we were bundled and poncho'd, so it wasnt really a factor. And the rain took a break during setbreak, which was nice. I saw, then lost track of, some really cool photos on fb right after the show of the whole amphitheater decked out in multicolored rain gear.

1st set was choppy at best. Thrilled to hear My Friend, and then into YaMar and Theme, but things sounded a little off. Melt in particular seemed like a molasses struggle. But happily forgiven due to the "rust" factor. They were still easily the best band I'd seen in the past 5 years. (Thank Icculus. I mean, who knew if they were for real or just moneygrabbin at this point? But even through a choppy first set, their intent was crystal clear. WooHoo.)

But then what a difference a break makes. 2nd set is the definition of "Standard Awesome" ("Spectacularly Average...?") Phish. The flow was exceptional. Dance Party in the rain all the way. Twenty Years Later absolutely floored me - couldn't have been a better environment for that debut - dark, stormy, haunting, over the water. And the lyrics clear as a bell. I've listened to this set quite a few times since. While there are no mind-bending, groundbreaking highlights, there is no weak spot or let-up. Its close to a perfect set, in that regard. Especially given time and place. To my deaf ears at least.

I like the set so much, I asked @CaptainPookie to paint it for me. I think he nailed it:

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Score: 2

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